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Yesterday I was driving with my family in our 2019 Atlas SEL Premium R-Line when the emergency brake system engaged out of nowhere. I have been having issues for a while with the perimeter sensors alerting when there are no reason to but this is a first, an extremely dangerous first!! I was traveling straight approximately 30 mph with no other vehicles or obstacles around when an alarm sounded and the dash lit up red as the vehicle braked to a screeching halt which lasted a few seconds. I was shocked at what happened and if a vehicle was behind me we were sure to get hit. Additionally if we were on a highway or just traveling at a higher speed on a congested NYC roadway things would have been tragic. I am concerned with my wife driving this vehicle. As I mentioned earlier I have had issues with the perimeter sensors alerting for no reason in the past. In the winter the sensors freeze easily while driving and it causes alert and I have to shut off the lane stay alert. But these issues happen during normal conditions also. Now I am extremely concerned with this braking issue. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what can be done to correct this? Thanks in advance.
 

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You have to work this through a dealer is the answer. Definately a glitch in the system. I occasionally get the parking sensor to go off when there isn't anything that should set them off but only when travelling slowly. I've never had an issue with the front collision assist. The winter issue is just a fact of life with this kind of thing and I think it's even called out in the manual (icing up etc.). Best to have the dealer look at it, check for errors, and document it. Good luck!
 

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I've had similar issues... never at high speed but the emergency braking has engaged many times when traveling below 10mph. Its quite annoying and could be dangerous. I too have frequent sensor problems where the car thinks someone is approaching (from various sides). I'm documenting how and when this happens before I take it in to the dealer.
 

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I've had similar issues... never at high speed but the emergency braking has engaged many times when traveling below 10mph. Its quite annoying and could be dangerous. I too have frequent sensor problems where the car thinks someone is approaching (from various sides). I'm documenting how and when this happens before I take it in to the dealer.
The slower speed braking is a different issue and is likely the maneuver braking system that is part of the park pilot system if you have an SEL or above. Sometimes the parking sensors "see" things like the road/driveway etc. when on steeper grades. I turned mine off b/c I got sick of having to creep into/out of my driveway.
 

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Yesterday I was driving with my family in our 2019 Atlas SEL Premium R-Line when the emergency brake system engaged out of nowhere. I have been having issues for a while with the perimeter sensors alerting when there are no reason to but this is a first, an extremely dangerous first!! I was traveling straight approximately 30 mph with no other vehicles or obstacles around when an alarm sounded and the dash lit up red as the vehicle braked to a screeching halt which lasted a few seconds. I was shocked at what happened and if a vehicle was behind me we were sure to get hit. Additionally if we were on a highway or just traveling at a higher speed on a congested NYC roadway things would have been tragic. I am concerned with my wife driving this vehicle. As I mentioned earlier I have had issues with the perimeter sensors alerting for no reason in the past. In the winter the sensors freeze easily while driving and it causes alert and I have to shut off the lane stay alert. But these issues happen during normal conditions also. Now I am extremely concerned with this braking issue. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what can be done to correct this? Thanks in advance.
I purchased a 2021 Atlas back in June and it’s been in the shop 3 times for multiple problems. This go round it has been in the shop for almost 6 weeks for this specific problem. That's right folks, I said six weeks. The dealer can’t seem to find anything wrong, they are waiting for VW to diagnosis the issue.

I have been having issues with the lane assist working properly. It seems that if I have my cruise control set when the lane assist is malfunctioning the car will SLAM on the brakes. It happened several times one night while driving 70+ mph on the interstate. The next day it happened again while I was traveling about 55 mph on a state highway. While it did not come to a complete stop, it did brake very hard and had another car been close behind us we would have been rear-ended. This is a serious issue and I do not feel I should have to disengage cruise control or lane assist. I sure hope no one gets hurt due to this. Since no error codes are generated they would have a hard time proving it was an issue with the car.
 

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I purchased a 2021 Atlas back in June and it’s been in the shop 3 times for multiple problems. This go round it has been in the shop for almost 6 weeks for this specific problem. That's right folks, I said six weeks. The dealer can’t seem to find anything wrong, they are waiting for VW to diagnosis the issue.

I have been having issues with the lane assist working properly. It seems that if I have my cruise control set when the lane assist is malfunctioning the car will SLAM on the brakes. It happened several times one night while driving 70+ mph on the interstate. The next day it happened again while I was traveling about 55 mph on a state highway. While it did not come to a complete stop, it did brake very hard and had another car been close behind us we would have been rear-ended. This is a serious issue and I do not feel I should have to disengage cruise control or lane assist. I sure hope no one gets hurt due to this. Since no error codes are generated they would have a hard time proving it was an issue with the car.
Wondering if the dealership finally fixed this for you?
I was driving local roads when emergency breaks came on and I had to pull over. Car got towed to dealership and now they are looking at it.
 

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Wondering if the dealership finally fixed this for you?
I was driving local roads when emergency breaks came on and I had to pull over. Car got towed to dealership and now they are looking at it.
They sure didn’t. They had it for over 8 weeks and said nothing was wrong with the car. Happened multiple times after I got it back. I think I brought it back twice after that, VW had the same opinion even though I had video. It was practically doing it every time I had cruise control engaged. Traded it in about a month ago for the new Yukon. Loss my butt off, but I feel safe. Currently working with an attorney to try and recoup some of my money.

Good Luck! Hopefully you have a better experience.
 

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If everyone could log their complaint/experience with this issue into the NHTSA, that would be helpful to get them to see the widespread issue and create a recall. I have had 3 instances where I've driven over a set of train tracks around 25 MPH and the car suddenly breaks for no reason and the front assist collision warning light comes on. I do have it on video which I hope will help.
 

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I have had a similar problem, i.e parking brake self setting and door sensor and windows retracting. I opened the drivers door and manually set the latch to closed, it has an extra little 'click' noise after you manually close the latch with your finger. After I closed the door i havent had an issue - yet- if it starts acting up again I'll be sure to respond so far this is a temp fix
 

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Yesterday I was driving with my family in our 2019 Atlas SEL Premium R-Line when the emergency brake system engaged out of nowhere. I have been having issues for a while with the perimeter sensors alerting when there are no reason to but this is a first, an extremely dangerous first!! I was traveling straight approximately 30 mph with no other vehicles or obstacles around when an alarm sounded and the dash lit up red as the vehicle braked to a screeching halt which lasted a few seconds. I was shocked at what happened and if a vehicle was behind me we were sure to get hit. Additionally if we were on a highway or just traveling at a higher speed on a congested NYC roadway things would have been tragic. I am concerned with my wife driving this vehicle. As I mentioned earlier I have had issues with the perimeter sensors alerting for no reason in the past. In the winter the sensors freeze easily while driving and it causes alert and I have to shut off the lane stay alert. But these issues happen during normal conditions also. Now I am extremely concerned with this braking issue. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what can be done to correct this? Thanks in advance.
 

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Ive never had the blind spot warnings go of, honestly not sure of m
Did you have a door sensor fault? Ie. Red light on drivers door flashing and windows of both driver sides front and back retracting manually about 5 inches?
 

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Yesterday I was driving with my family in our 2019 Atlas SEL Premium R-Line when the emergency brake system engaged out of nowhere. I have been having issues for a while with the perimeter sensors alerting when there are no reason to but this is a first, an extremely dangerous first!! I was traveling straight approximately 30 mph with no other vehicles or obstacles around when an alarm sounded and the dash lit up red as the vehicle braked to a screeching halt which lasted a few seconds. I was shocked at what happened and if a vehicle was behind me we were sure to get hit. Additionally if we were on a highway or just traveling at a higher speed on a congested NYC roadway things would have been tragic. I am concerned with my wife driving this vehicle. As I mentioned earlier I have had issues with the perimeter sensors alerting for no reason in the past. In the winter the sensors freeze easily while driving and it causes alert and I have to shut off the lane stay alert. But these issues happen during normal conditions also. Now I am extremely concerned with this braking issue. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what can be done to correct this? Thanks in advance.
I just had the exact senario happen to me today around 1pm, same speed, I have also noticed it will try to correct my steering while on the highway with sensors. My wife has also had this type of issue with her GMC Acadia. I called the service dept. and the guy says' clean your camrea sensor or it could be love-bugs on the camera. (I am not buying that answer) or he said turn off the feature. (that defeats the purpose of the feature!) This is very hard for me to swallow because I have 2 babies and what would happen if I got rear-ended due to this malfunction.
 
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